Celebrating 8 Women In History & Historical Fiction

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Happy International Women’s Day! I share with you the eight (8) novels of History and the Historical Fiction Genre, which speaks on the role of women in contributing to their home community and/or the wider community.
1. Eva Gore Booth, The Other Sister: The Remarkable Sybling of Constance Markievicz by llpix.com (Illustrator), Cindy Davi
A short explanation of the role of women in the Easter Rising in Ireland. Whilst Constance physical presence is known concerning the events of the Easter Rising in Ireland perhaps little is spoken of her other sister Eva whose contribution is still similar. Eva is noted as part of the movement for women suffrage in Ireland as well as heretical recording of historical events. Her encouragement to not only her sister but fighting men is recommendable. These pages also gives more insight into the Land Acts of 1881, negative and positive of the role of land owners.

2. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs
Another confirmation of the cruelties of slavery and the nonchalant attitude of most Northerners to such inhumane treatment. This memoir also highlights few good souls of the North who risked their reputation and family to help out fugitive enslaved. This account offers an insight into the life of a coloured enslaved whose family were thrust mainly into house slavery. It is extremely moving and conjures mind boggling questions.

3. She Wrote on Clay by Shirley Graetz

I like the character development in Iltani (lead woman), her journey becoming a naditu reads like a young woman entering a world independent of marriage. It reads similar to the little I know concerning women and marriage in that time period. I love the budding friendship that Iltani developed and the fact that she gets challenges in her quest to succeed. I love how the author introduces the romance between Iltani and Marduk-musallim; it was a gentle budding love one suiting a woman so involved in the gagû. The ending of the story left some unanswered questions and it hints at a second novel.

4. Jars of Clay (Jars of Clay #1) by Lee Strauss

The character names ring a Roman bell making the story a more true empire one, the dominance of one brother over another and the uncertainty in being a girl even in a rich home, reflects the times of the empire. The author skillfully showed the patriarchal rule both in public and private sphere, how Brutus word is law and his wife, a mere overseer of household duties. Cassius roam freely, creeping closer to the girl he loved- money allowed him. However, for Lucius although a free young man, he was a servant commoner and interaction with Helena could mean death for him and dismay for his family. When the author shows a love interest between Helena and Lucius, it exposes the difficulty of a bond between a rich girl and a commoner. I like that the author made the meetings between the two charming but full of danger.
It is a lovely story, clean romance that offers some details of life in Roman city, to know how the love story between Helena and Lucius really ends; I need to read the second part of the novel. The first was intriguing enough for a dive into volume 2.

5. The White Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #2) by Philippa Gregory
The story held my interest because I was always curious what outrageous incident would happen next. I like following the heroine/narrator on her social transformation. Except for her frequent river enhancement, I like Elizabeth Woodville. She is alive with ambitious and zest.

6. Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir

Very captivating writing on a period of English history which intrigues me. The setting and writing style coupled with an innocent girl makes this story full of suspense.
7. The King’s Daughter (Thornleigh #2) by Barbara Kyle
It is an engaging novel with exciting events, however I was disappointed in the outcome of one particular character: Edward Sydenham! Yes, yes I know that I am acting like a spoilt child but I feel I am entitled to roll my eyes in disbelief and curl my lips up in defiance. Barbara Kyle took to long to deal with that despicable man and when she did punish him, there was not enough juicy wrath. There were other characters that the story could have progressed with, without Edward Sydenham, for example Carlos Valverde. A ruthless mercenary who turned out to he a handsome caring man.

8. The Boleyn Inheritance (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #10) by Philippa Gregory
If I remember clearly, the Boleyn Inheritance was my first Gregory read. I really like the writer’s style and plot development. This is the novel which sparked my interest in Henry VIII and his wives.

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